Nathan Cone

VP, Cultural & Community Engagement

Nathan has been with the organization since 1995.  He leads the organization's cultural and community engagement outreach and social media efforts. Nathan began at TPR working on classical music station KPAC 88.3 FM, as host of “Tuesday Night at the Opera.”  He soon learned the ropes on KSTX 89.1 FM, and volunteered to work practically any shift that came his way, on either station. He worked in nearly every capacity on the radio before moving into Community Engagement, Marketing, and Digital Media. His reporting and criticism has been honored by the Houston Press Club and Texas Associated Press.

A native of Spring, Texas, Nathan began his broadcasting career while studying at San Antonio’s Trinity University, where he majored in Communication, with minors in Communication Management and Art/Art History.  At Trinity University’s KRTU, he was a student manager, serving as Jazz Program Director and Operations Manager.  Nathan graduated with a B.A. in Communication from Trinity University with minors in Communication Management and Art/Art History.

Currently, Nathan enjoys studying classic and contemporary films, especially Disney movies and those of the late director Stanley Kubrick.  He's the curator of Texas Public Radio's popular summer film series, Cinema Tuesdays.  He’s a musical omnivore, with a house full of classical, rock, and jazz compact discs and LPs. His favorite classical composer is Beethoven. His favorite jazz performer is Miles Davis, his favorite rock band is The Beatles, and his favorite film is Singin' in the Rain, which he enjoys watching with his wife and two children.

Ways to Connect

Widowed, wallowing dads are at the center of two smaller films that have made their way to DVD this spring and summer.  In "Smart People," Dennis Quaid packs on the pounds and slouches his way to a new lease on life, and in "Dan in Real Life," funnyman Steve Carell finds company with Juliette Binoche.

Intrinsically, I know the things I write online are available to a worldwide audience, but I never suspected that someone outside of our little San Antonio bubble would pick up on a review I once wrote of the latest DVD release of the 1980 musical flop (and now cult classic) “Xanadu.” I was quite surprised and pleased when I received an email from Jerry Trent, who worked on the picture as a choreographer.


Just before George W. Bush formally announced he was running for the President, he bought a ranch in tiny Crawford, Texas. Austin director David Modigliani decided to follow the town's story. Later, Crawford exploded with protesters on both sides of the Iraq War. His documentary, "Crawford," is screening this weekend as part of the South by Southwest film festival. Texas Public Radio's Nathan Cone spoke to Modigliani by phone.

'The Graduate' At 40

Sep 9, 2007
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Thinking back on "The Graduate," most of us remember its great lines, the embarrassingly funny scenes leading to Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) leaping into bed with Mrs. Robinson, and the cathartic climax of the film as Elaine (Katharine Ross) and Ben escape their parents and their pre-destined futures for an uncertain life.

Discovery Theater

Jan 26, 2007
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Long before Animal Planet, the Discovery Channel, or even PBS' "Nature" graced American television screens, the Walt Disney studio popularized the nature film as something not just for biologists to study, but for the average moviegoer to enjoy in the theater.  Through their series of "True Life Adventures," the average American was able to travel to far-flung corners of the world, from Africa, Asia, and South America, to remote areas of North America.  Beginning with "Seal Island" in 1948, and for the next twelve years, the public embraced these charming documentaries, and so did Oscar.  E